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Release Date:
2 August 1977 (Denmark) See more »
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Plot:
An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
George C. Scott makes this competent Hemingway adaptation worth seeing. See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

George C. Scott ... Thomas Hudson

David Hemmings ... Eddy

Gilbert Roland ... Captain Ralph

Hart Bochner ... Tom

Susan Tyrrell ... Lil
Richard Evans ... Willy

Claire Bloom ... Audrey
Julius Harris ... Joseph

Brad Savage ... Andrew
Michael-James Wixted ... David
Hildy Brooks ... Helga Ziegner
Jessica Rains ... Andrea
Walter Friedel ... Herr Ziegner
Charles Lampkin ... Constable

Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernest Hemingway  story
Denne Bart Petitclerc 

Produced by
Peter Bart .... producer
Max Palevsky .... producer
Ken Wales .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
William J. Creber 
 
Art Direction by
John Dapper 
 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (as Lorin B. Salob)
 
Art Department
Donald L. Nobles .... construction coordinator (as Don Nobles)
Ernie Sawyers .... property master
 
Sound Department
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects assistant
Alex Weldon .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (as Tom Laughridge)
John Murray .... key grip
Gene Stout .... gaffer
 
Music Department
June Edgerton .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"The Boys" - USA (segment title)
"The Island" - USA (segment title)
"The Journey" - USA (segment title)
"The Woman" - USA (segment title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005) | USA:PG
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Trivia:
The film was made and released about seven years after the film's source novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway had been first published posthumously in 1970.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the boat is slowly cruising up the river in Cuba looking for refugees, a crew member's hand can be seen moving tree branches away from the camera.See more »
Quotes:
Joseph:Tom, I love you you son of a bitch. Try to understand if you can.
Thomas Hudson:I am trying, Joseph.
Joseph:Oh hell. You never understand about anybody that loves you.
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
George C. Scott makes this competent Hemingway adaptation worth seeing., 16 September 2000
Author: Tom-207 from Boston

"Islands in the Stream" takes place on an island in the Caribbean just before World War II. George C. Scott plays a sculptor, Thomas Hudson, who married twice, has three sons, and chooses to work in isolated island exile. Claire Bloom plays his estranged wife. The film has an episodic structure, probably because the screenwriter, Denne Bart Petitclerc based his script on a series of short stories by Ernest Hemingway that appeared in a women's magazine under the title "Island (singular) in the Stream." Had Hemingway lived, he would have combined this and additional material to publish the collection as a novel. Petitclerc does a good job of translating the work to the screen.

The episodes could stand alone, yet each is sufficiently connected both in character and time consecutively to create a coherent, full-length film. The first, "The Boys," has the greatest strength. We see the arrival of Hudson's sons and how each brings out a different quality in the relation of parent and child. Scott handles this, and the whole film, with a natural, understated, and thoughtful strength. His admirers should make an effort to see this wonderful performance in this lesser-known production. In the middle episode, Claire Bloom as the second wife complements Scott beautifully in a dialog minuet which unfolds the decline of their marriage.

The film also features excellent performances by David Hemmings and Michael-James Wixted as the sensitive middle son. A check of the IMDb reveals that he never made another movie, and that's a loss.

While the action takes place on a British possession in the West Indies, the producers chose to do the actual filming in Hawaii. The score by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Fred Koenekamp work well. Koenekamp received an Oscar nomination for his work here; he'd previously won it for his work on Patton, also with director Franklin Schaffner and Scott. I recommend seeing this film in widescreen format for Koenekamp's compositions.

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